New iPhone 5S with iOS 7Understandably, a lot of people got really excited when the successor to the iPhone 5 was revealed to the world. It makes total sense that people wanted to know everything there was to know about the flagship Apple iPhone 5S, as well as the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5S. However, perhaps the bigger announcement on that day was the reveal of the final build of iOS 7. That’s what could change your life and improve your productivity.

Several changes were made to iOS 7 since the beta version was released into the wild earlier this year, including several cosmetic changes that made for a more intuitive and attractive user interface, but there are also several features that have very practical applications in improving how you go about your daily business.

Multitasking with App Previews

Full App Previews for Fast Multitasking

Full App Previews for Fast Multitasking

For those of us coming from an Android environment, we’ve taken this idea for granted, but it’s a huge plus for those using iPhones. The multitasking in iOS 7 can better your productivity in several ways. First, each of the apps that’s currently running is shown in a full app preview, so you can see what’s happening in there without having to actively open the app. Second, apps can be completely closed by swiping them away, freeing up system resources to improve overall performance. Don’t worry, though, as your most used and most important apps will automatically update in the background.

Full Screen Safari Web Browsing

The display on your iPhone (or iPad) is only so big, even if they keep trying to pack in more pixels into the confines of that space. Maximizing what you can see, Apple is now allowing for full-screen web browsing through its mobile Safari browser. This gets rid of things like navigation and the address bar when they’re not actively being used, allowing you to see more of the webpage that you actually want to see. That just makes sense.

Control Center

iOS 7 Offers Quick Settings Access

iOS 7 Offers Quick Settings Access

Are you tired of digging deep into the settings menu just so that you can turn on the Bluetooth on your iPhone? If you’re about to hop in the car and you want your iPhone to pair up with your Bluetooth headset, you shouldn’t have to fumble through the menu to do that every time. With Control Center, you get really quick access to a number of settings like airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as well as brightness controls, media controls, and AirPlay buttons. Again, this will feel very familiar to people coming from a modern Android experience, so it’s about time that iOS users get the same ease of access.

Automatic Photo Organization

IPhone Photos Sorted into Moments and Collections

IPhone Photos Sorted into Moments and Collections

Chances are that you take a lot pictures with your iPhone already, but keeping them all organized can be something of a challenge. But consider this: all the photos you take necessarily have time and date information embedded in them, and they also have geotagging data too. Putting this together, iOS 7 has this ingenious system of automatically organizing your photos into “moments” and “collections.” This way, photos from your annual ski trip in Aspen will automatically get gathered up together in a unified album of sorts.

Popular Apps Near You

With 800,000 apps in the App Store, it can sometimes be a challenge finding the one that you need. That’s why we have our articles for photo filter apps and expense tracker apps, among others. But what about apps that are particularly applicable for where you are right now for what you’re doing right now? Built into iOS 7 is a feature that highlights popular apps near you, based on the location data that the iPhone is collecting. If you happen to be near a museum, for example, it may show that there is a popular audiotour app available for that museum.

Easily Share Files with AirDrop

AirDrop Sends Files to Contacts Easily

AirDrop Sends Files to Contacts Easily

You might already be using a similar feature on your Mac. What AirDrop in iOS 7 lets you do is simply pick your photo, video, or contact and share it with another user by simply choosing them from a list of nearby contacts. The data transfer is encrypted and it’s sent either via Bluetooth or over a Wi-Fi connection. This is certainly faster than going through the process of sending an email or WhatsApp message instead.

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